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the Miami Model

Published 2004

In November, 2003, trade ministers from 34 countries met in Miami, Florida, to negotiate the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA). FTAA threatens to devastate workers, the environment, and public services like health care, education, and water, and to destroy indigenous rights and cultural diversity across North, Central, and South America.

Thousands of union members, environmentalists, feminists, anarchists, students, farm workers, media activists, and human rights activists who gathered in Miami to struggle against the FTAA were brutally attacked with rubber bullets, pepper spray, electric guns and shock batons, embedded reporters and information warfare, all coordinated by the new United States Department of Homeland Security.

Against Capitals model of paramilitary oppression, information warfare, and corporate rule, we offered models of grassroots resistance, creative action and solidarity.

Run time 91 min.
Producer ftaa miami IMC video
Production Company indymedia
Audio/Visual sound, color
Contact Information


edited and produced by the FTAA Miami Video Working Group: Adams Wood, Ali Tonak, @my, Brandon Jourdan, Erin Siegal, Francine Cavanaugh, Ioka Jessica Lawrence, J.D. Kat, Kevin Hart, Kevin Brown, Sasha Costanza-Chock, Sharpie, Wes Brain, Michael Cardenas, Michael Green, Zulah,


FTAA intro - the Miami Model
Miami context
Root Cause Peoples March
Buildup in miami
Root Cause arrives in Miami
Free Carnival Area of the Americas
Morning action
Ninja man
Labor rally
What about police violence?
Jail Solidarity
False Dichotomies
The Ground under Overtown
Credit Sequence


Reviewer: mutual_aid - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 24, 2004
Subject: Great piece of Indymedia!
Thanks for sharing this! I was wondering if you could please up a high quality version of this video; like divx or vcd or svcd quality so that people who want to can have showings! Please let me know if a higher quality version than this quicktime is available somewhere, thanks!
john (mutual_aid at
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